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A gift to fathers, a gift to daughters

A special program has been planned this year between Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program’s second annual “Operation Cinderella,” Archuleta County Department of Human Services Fatherhood Initiative Program, and the National Center for Fathering and Journey Along-side Ministries.

We hope to create an environment for a dad to truly be a father to his daughter by speaking non-verbal and verbal words of value as he spends a special evening with her. This is our gift to you as fathers in our community. Join us for this free night. It will only cost you time, but the value is priceless.

March 18 will be a memorable evening for fathers and daughters to engage with each other in two of the world’s oldest activities, eating and dancing. There will be various desserts, and dance (with lessons in waltz, swing, and two-step) on Friday, March 18, at 6 p.m., at the Pagosa Springs Youth Center. Dress is casual.

As part of Operation Cinderella, on the same day prior to this evening’s event, teen girls may come to the youth center at 1:30 p.m. for a private viewing of gowns and dresses. They may reserve the dress of their choosing, with the stipulation that they bring their fathers to the dance that evening. Just like last year, gowns are free to all teen ladies. New this year will be “price tags” and a special gift that have messages to guide girls toward choosing and expecting respect in their relationships.

If you know anyone who has a gently used gown or evening dress that they would like to donate to Operation Cinderella, we will gladly accept them at the Department of Human Services office on Hot Springs Boulevard.

Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program, a nonprofit agency, promotes the belief that all people have the right to live free from violence by providing support and advocacy services for victims and education for youth and our community.

For more information on the National Center for Fathering, call Todd Shulda at 46-4949. For information on The Fatherhood Initiative, call John Vick at 264-2182. For information about Operation Cinderella, call Liz Parker at 799-2187 or e-mail

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